FP fans, meet Michael Stokes, a therapist in Naugatuck, CT!
1) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE OF YOUR THERAPY OFFICE?
I would describe the style of the office as Modern Vintage.
The original part of the house was built in 1810 so we wanted to play off the existing original features using an updated color pallet and furnishings that give a nod to the history of the space.
2) WHAT VIBE DO YOU HOPE YOUR OFFICE GIVES YOUR THERAPY CLIENTS?
The key word we kept in mind while designing the space was “homey” and I think we achieved that. We have heard it from most everyone that has seen the office so far.
We wanted to provide a clean, bright, polished space that was still accessible and comfortable for our diverse client base.
3) DO YOU HAVE ANY CREATURE COMFORTS IN YOUR OFFICE FOR CLIENTS?
It was important to us that each office and the waiting area felt more like someone’s living room and less like an office space.
We tried use different methods that appealed to all of the senses. Each office has a sound machine, comfortable furniture and throw pillows.
We keep fresh flowers and live plants in most common areas. We provide refreshments in the waiting area. And we defuse essential oils throughout the office.
4) WHO DESIGNED AND DECORATED YOUR THERAPY OFFICE? DID YOU GET HELP FROM PROFESSIONALS, COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, OR FAMILY?
The designer hat goes off to my husband, Chris, who is an integral part of Stokes Counseling Services.
Over the evolution of the practice, Chris has served many different roles. From office management roles to medical biller, Chris is most famous for his design skill and attention to detail.
Clients know him best by his warm personality and ability to put a client at ease through understanding the various needs that go beyond the therapeutic role that we have as Clinicians.
5) ANY ADVICE FOR THERAPISTS WHO ARE JUST STARTING OUT AND DESIGNING THEIR OFFICE FOR THE FIRST TIME, OR SEASONED THERAPISTS LOOKING TO REDESIGN THEIR OFFICES?
Designing your space is important in so many aspects.
This will be the environment you will literally and figuratively create to be a safe place for your clients.
Understanding the ever-changing needs of clients, the space is equally important for clinicians to design a space they feel comfortable in.
This is where you will spend a fair amount of time and you should enjoy the luxury of creating a space that appeals and reflects your style as a therapist and person.
Michael Stokes, MS is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Naugatuck, CT…